It has been 60 years since the original Joseph Italiano opened the doors of the legendary Joe Italiano’s Maplewood Inn to customers at the location on the White Horse Pike (Route 30) in Hammonton. During that time, the Italiano family has always been the driving force behind the Maplewood name, putting their dreams, hard work, culinary talent, business sense, creativity and passion into making the Maplewood a destination for people craving authentic Italian food.During the last six decades, the original Maplewood in Hammonton has been joined by two other incarnations owned by separate members of the Italiano family: the Maplewood II in Mays Landing and the Maplewood III in Vineland. Together, the Italianos and their Maplewood restaurants have perhaps done more to define warm Italian hospitality and signature Italian cuisine in southern New Jersey than any other restaurant. Their greatest contribution has been the introduction of their signature white seafood sauce pasta dishes, which were originated in Hammonton by Joseph Italiano’s son, Joseph Italiano Jr. Today, that same Hammonton restaurant is operated by the son of Joseph Italiano Jr., James Italiano, the grandson of the original Joseph Italiano. James Italiano, 42, who is known to nearly everyone as “Jimmy,” works along with his wife Robin. They are continuing and expanding the Maplewood legacy, a legacy Jimmy was already a part of growing up in the business in the 1970s and 1980s.